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New York was the 9th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill


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Tuesday March 18, 2014 Press Conference, New York Healthy Workplace Advocates



Assemblyman Steve Englebright & Senator Diane Savino, bill sponsors
Mike Schlicht & Tom Witt, NY Healthy Workplace Advocates
Randy Goldberg, President CSEA Local 658, Albany
John Richter, Mental Health Assoc in NY State (MHANYS)
Citizen advocates


  • The Senate Labor Committee passed S 3863 on June 3, 2014. Before the entire Senate can vote on the bill, it goes to the Senate Finance Committee.
  • The Senate Labor Committee votes on Jun 3, 2014: Ayes (10): Savino, Hannon, Marcellino, Robach, Peralta, Addabbo, Dilan, Perkins, Rivera, Sanders; Ayes W/R (3): Gallivan, Grisanti, Martins; Nays (2): DeFrancisco, Marchione; Absent (1): Ball
  • Senator Diane Savino re-introduced the Senate version of the HWB, S 3863 on Feb. 25, 2013. It has been referred to the Senate Labor Committee, where Senator Savino is the Chair. Please use the EZ-Mailer to thank the Senator and to encourage the passage of both S 3863 and A 4965.
  • Read the text of S 3863 here.
  • Assemblyman Steve Englebright re-introduced the Healthy Workplace Bill for 2013-14 on Feb. 13, 2013 as Assembly Bill AB 4965
  • There are 74 Assembly Sponsors for AB 4965, an act establishing Healthy Workplaces.
  • Read the text of A 4965 here.
  • Volunteer to help your State Coordinators, the NY Healthy Workplace Advocates by completing the form for Citizen Lobbyist at the bottom of this page. Vist the NYHWA Website

Sponsors

Primary Sponsor of Assembly Bill 4965

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Assemblymember Steve Englebright (Prime sponsor)    D-4 (518)455-4656 engles@ assembly.state.ny.us Here

E-mail links to the 74 Co Sponsors of A 4965.

Please thank and encourage each Assemblymember.

Peter J. Abbate, Jr., Jeffrion L. Aubry, Michael Benedetto, Joseph Borelli, William Colton, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Phillip Goldfeder, Aileen Gunther, Andrew Hevesi, Rhoda Jacobs, Ellen Jaffee, Micah Kellner, Charles Lavine, Donna Lupardo, Shelly Mayer, Michael Miller, Joan Millman, Walter T. Mosley, Francisco Moya, Felix Ortiz, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, J. Gary Pretlow, Jose Rivera, Samuel Roberts, Annette Robinson, Gabriela Rosa, Linda Rosenthal, Addie J. Russell, Michelle Schimel, James Skoufis, Phil Steck, Matthew Titone, David Weprin, Keith L.T. Wright,

Carmen E. Arroyo, James Brennan, Anthony J. Brindisi, Karim Camara, John Ceretto, Barbara M. Clark, Vivian E. Cook, Marcos A. Crespo, Brian Curran, Michael Cusick, Steven Cymbrowitz, Maritza Davila, Janet Duprey, Patricia Fahy, Sandy Galef, Joseph M. Giglio, Andy Goodell, Richard Gottfried, Earlene Hooper, Mark Johns, Steve Katz, Joseph R. Lentol, Barbara Lifton, Chad A. Lupinacci, William Magee, Nicole Malliotakis, Margaret Markey, John T. McDonald III, David McDonough, Tom McKevitt, Steven F. McLaughlin, Michael Montesano, Bill Nojay, Daniel O'Donnell, Amy Paulin, Nick Perry, Edward Ra, Andrew Raia, Phil Ramos, Robert J. Rodriguez, Joseph Saladino, William Scarborough, Luis R. Sepulveda, Frank Skartados, Michaelle C. Solages, Dan Stec, Robert Sweeney, James Tedisco, Fred Thiele, Michele Titus, Harvey Weisenberg

Assembly Labor Committee

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie, Chair    D-83 718-654-6539 HeastieC@assembly.state.ny.us Here

Primary Sponsor of Senate Bill 3863

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Senator Diane J. Savino, Labor Comittee Chair (Prime sponsor)    D-23 (518) 455-2437 savino@senate.state.ny.us Here

Senate Co-Sponsors

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Tony Avella, David Carlucci, Martin Malavé Dilan, Adriano Espaillat, Timothy M. Kennedy, Liz Krueger, George Latimer, George Maziarz, José Peralta, Bill Perkins, John L. Sampson, Toby Ann Stavisky

Senate Labor Committee

Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Greg Ball, John A. DeFrancisco, Martin Malavé Dilan, Patrick M. Gallivan, Mark Grisanti, Kemp Hannon, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Brad Hoylman, Carl L Marcellino, Kathleen A. Marchione, Jack M. Martins, Kevin S. Parker, Bill Perkins, Gustavo Rivera, James Sanders Jr. Jose Serrano Lee M. Zeldin

Video

The 2012 press conference, broken into 3 parts for easy viewing.

  • Part 1 The Lawmakers (9:52)
    NY Lawmakers featuring Assemblymembers Steve Englebright, Aileen Gunther, Dennis Gabrysza, & Mark Johns and Senator Diane Savino.


  • Part 2 - Endorsing Unions & Organizations (17:37)
    Speakers: Michael Gary, Healthcare Coordinating Council, CWA; Iris Delutro, Professional Staff Congress, AFT; Tom Comanzo, Public Employees Federation (PEF); John Richter, Mental Health Association for NY State


  • Part 3 -Target Support (42:53)


  • Nov 14, 2011, WCBS-TV News Segment
    Featuring the NY HWB and the NYHWA

    Endorsements

    The following organizations support the Healthy Workplace Bill in New York State.

    Memoranda of Support from

    Resolutions of Support from

    • Albany County Central Federation of Labor
    • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (National)
    • Americans for Democratic Action (National)
    • NAACP (National)
    • United University Professions (Health and Safety Committee)

    Bill History

    New York, since 2006, has introduced more versions
    of the Healthy Workplace Bill than any other state.
    Thank you, NY Legislators of all parties.

    2011 - 2012

    Assembly bill AB 4258 was introduced. The companion bill S 4289 was introduced.

    2010

    New York was on the verge of passing this historic bill in 2010 and would have been the first state in the US to do so.
    Sponsors of Senate Bill S1823 B that PASSED the Senate in 2010!!!! Senators Thomas P. Morahan (deceased), George Onorato, Joseph Addabbo, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Diane Savino

    NY Assembly Labor Committee Chair Susan John was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying, "No other state in the country has a law like this." She was referring to the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill. Thanks to a bill-killing vote in her committee on June 8, that will be true for all of 2010. The vote was not on the merits of the bill. Instead, the vote was technically whether to vote or "hold." It was held and is officially dead.

    Read the summary of the news coverage about the Senate passage and Bloomberg's fear of the bill.

    Assemblyman Bob Barr introduced A 6207.

    2009

    A2247, the study only bill, passed both the Assembly and Senate but was vetoed Gov. Paterson.

    A banner 4-bill year, began with re-introduction of the study-only bills in the Assembly (A 2247) and Senate (S 1948) followed by a second set of companion bills, the complete versions of the HWB in both Assembly (A 5414) and Senate (S 1823). On April 29, 2009, S1823A added a provision to S 1823 to give union workers with collective bargaining agreements the best protection.

    A 5414 was co-sponsored by the following:Assemblymember William Colton (D),Assemblymember William Colton (D), Assemblymember Joan L. Millman (D), Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine (D), Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D), Assemblyman Mark Schroeder (D), Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D), Assemblymember Bob Barra (R),Assemblymember Bob Barra (R), Assemblymember Bob Barra (R), Assemblymember N. Nick Perry (D), Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino (D), Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D), Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D).

    2008

    Barra (R) graciously relinquished control of the bill to Assemblymember Steven Englebright (D) and the bill became A10291 with Barra leading the list of nine co-sponsors. The Senate companion bill [S8793] to the full HWB was added in 2008 by Senators Thomas Morahan and Dale Volker.

    2007

    Assemblymember Bob Barra introduced the first full-text versions of the Healthy Workplace Bill [A7801/A7801-A]. The 2006 study-only bills were repeated [S2715 by Stachowski and A4921 by Schroeder].

    2006

    Senator William Stachowski and Assemblymember Mark Schroeder sponsored the first state bills [S8018 and A11565] calling for the state to study the problem of workplace bullying. Those bills made New York the 9th state to introduce HWB-related legislation in the U.S.

    Volunteer as a Citizen Lobbyist

    Interested in working for enactment of the Healthy Workplace Bill in New York?

    Fill out the following form and we'll put you in contact with the State Coordinator.



    *Note: Coordinators cannot give advice and are not equipped to help those currently bullied at work. Visit WBI to find resources for bullied targets.


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